A £43 million factory building in Sheffield designed by Bond Bryan has scooped planning permission
The 6,730m² circular building - dubbed Factory 2050 - will house advanced manufacturing facilities including robotics, 3D printing and automated machines.
The building will feature large expanses of glass to ‘showcase the advanced manufacturing technologies being developed within it’.
The scheme for the University of Sheffield sits opposite the existing Advanced Manufacturing Park which was opened in 2004.
Commenting on the development, Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said: ‘The planning approval represents a real step forward in moving this vital activity to the next level, and giving the City Region the opportunity to further its reputation as a leading force in advanced manufacturing, not just at UK level, but on the global stage.
‘The application now requires final approval by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the City Region MPs have collectively written to him to urge a speedy turnaround so that construction can begin as soon as possible on this innovative development.’
As the site is located in the green belt, the application has now been referred to the secretary of state for final approval.